MIAMI, FL (WTXF) - A former second round pick for the Philadelphia Phillies suffered an gruesome injury during a training session late last week, that cost him his right eye.
22-year-old pitching prospect Matt Imhof was struck in the face by a piece of metal that had been mounted to a wall in the training facility. The impact broke his nose, fractured two orbital bones, and he lost the vision in his right eye.
After a number of surgeries in a Florida eye hospital, Imhof was faced with a difficult decision. He says. " it was decided that the best chance I had to live a normal life was to have my right eye removed and have a prosthetic one put in."
Tuesday, Imhof underwent surgery to have his right eye removed.
In an Instagram post Thursday, Imhof thanked his loved ones and well-wishers for their support.
He also took time to look on the Brightside:
"Although this injury has been tough it could have been much worse...I'm lucky to still have vision in my left eye...I'm lucky that i didn't have brain damage...and I'm lucky to be surrounded my the most loving and understanding people in the world"
You can read his full post below: